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PHYS 102: The Physics of Music Time: Th 9:30 am-10:45 pm Dates: 1 September – 13 December 2011 Room: PHYS 1410 Lecturer: Dr. Alan Peel Office Hours: email: apeel@umd.edu Phone(s): (301) 405-6647; (301) 314-9476 Mailbox: CSS 1204 Textbook: see the Textbook link on the website Course Website: http://www.astro.umd.edu/~peel/PHYS102 and also elms.umd.edu Course Description This course is intended primarily for students who are not majoring in the physical sciences and who need to fulfill a CORE Distributive Studies Requirement in Mathematics and Sciences*, and who love music. (Strictly speaking, a love of music is not required but will probably help!) The course will provide a general scientific foundation to try to answer fundamental questions about sound, such as: What are the properties of sound which we can quantify/measure? Why do different instruments sound different? What makes Ethel Merman's voice so awful (or wonderful)? Why can one violin sound screechy but an orchestra sound smooth? How loud does something have to be to damage my hearing? For how long? How do noise cancelling headphones work? What is the speed of sound? Why do I care? What is a sonic boom? How does it relate to Sonic Youth? What is noise? How is it different from acid punk rock? Why do different rooms sound acoustically different? For you to answer these questions, we will use a scientific language of precise definitions and measurement to analyze the various qualities and behavior of sound. We will use some mathematics in this course and a lot of physical reasoning. A picture (or a recording?) is worth a thousand mathematical explanations. Your challenge is to master the information presented in a comprehensive manner, not to memorize and regurgitate what I said in lecture! * PLEASE NOTE! This course (Physics 102) only fulfills the CORE Physical Science Lab (PL) Course requirement if taken concurrently with the laboratory section Physics 103. Regardless, it is strongly recommended that you concurrently take the laboratory section. There is no substitute for "messing around" yourself with equipment to help cement comprehension of the material! Grading You are STRONGLY encouraged to keep track of you grades using ELMS Blackboard website as each homework and quiz gets graded. I (and my graders!) grade on a point scale with different weights weighted as shown in this table: ASSIGNMENT Class Participation Quizzes (4) Final Exam Homework (5) Total* POINTS 100 400 200 300 1000 Letter grades will be assigned based upon your cumulative score, and I do not curve lightly. Having taught this class multiple times, I have found the grading guidelines below to be about right. I reserve
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the right to adjust the following based on class averages, but always in your (collective) favor. Here is a rough guide as to how your points relate to your final grade: Course Total 900-1000 800-899 680-799 550-679 0-549 Percentage 90%-100% 80%-89.9% 68%-79.9% 55%-67.9% 0%-54.9%
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